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In The Classroom

A lack of chemistry

The curriculum’s stated emphasis on applied learning is “rhetorical” with the lead writers choosing a “very safe and very conservative curriculum” that resembles a 1970s teaching document, critics say. Despite its inclusion as an independent science stream no serious attention ...

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For love of language and literature

Experts say the new curriculum needs more clarity and caution in relation to the contextual influences on language, literature and literacy. “Many parents and grandparents will remember with horror and dread chanting the parts of speech and the mind-numbing activity ...

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Destined for greatness

Year 11 student Stephen Smith is not only an elite sportsman – having reached the highest level of baseball training in NSW and a top 25 national player – but is first in his class in economics, and top five ...

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On a journey to learning

Melanie Dunkley has long lived with the privilege and burden of being a dual citizen and globetrotter. Having studied German at high school, Dunkley travelled to Germany and France several times on exchange. Her tertiary education then took her to ...

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What next?

It wasn’t just baby boomers with their eyes on their super that felt the pain of the economic downturn in Australia. Research recently published by The Foundation for Young Australians, entitled ‘How Young People are Faring’, presents a confronting picture. ...

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Getting out and about

Year 9 can be a tough time. Teenage hormones have kicked in, interest in school can diminish with a growing social life and academic achievement suffers. To help Year 9 students stay focused, Toorak College, an independent school on the ...

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Worsening VET results prompt call for equity rethink

Vocational education and training (VET) outcomes deteriorated significantly through the middle half of this decade, throwing doubt on the sector’s capacity to help meet higher education equity and completion targets. Dr Leesa Wheelahan, senior lecturer in adult and vocational education ...

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Stepping up

Deadlines are a necessary evil: without them work doesn’t get done, assignments aren’t finished – and nobody would know which train to catch. Of course, there’s only so much that can be physically achieved within a certain time frame, which ...

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Three sectors collaborate to meet industry needs

Addressing skill shortages, tackling poor university retention rates and creating viable pathways between school, TAFE and university all come together in a pathbreaking new initiative offered by Victoria’s dual-sector RMIT University. A conversation in 2008 between Elise Toomey, RMIT University’s ...

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The architecture of learning

The virtual world is not only shaping how students interact with each other online, it can also provide an effective model for the physical design of schools. New learning spaces should model the virtual community which students are connected to, ...

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